Cognitive impairment in patients with chronic pain: The significance of stress

  title={Cognitive impairment in patients with chronic pain: The significance of stress},
  author={R. Hart and J. Wade and M. Martelli},
  journal={Current Pain and Headache Reports},
  • R. Hart, J. Wade, M. Martelli
  • Published 2003
  • Medicine
  • Current Pain and Headache Reports
  • This review article examines the role of emotional distress and other aspects of suffering in the cognitive impairment that often is apparent in patients with chronic pain. Research suggests that pain-related negative emotions and stress potentially impact cognitive functioning independent of the effects of pain intensity. The anterior cingulate cortex is likely an integral component of the neural system that mediates the impact of pain-related distress on cognitive functions, such as the… CONTINUE READING
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